The Facilities and Services Department at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Plumbing Shop Manager NC. This position will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Campus utility infrastructure. Manages skilled trade personnel and technical programs designed to control the maintenance, repair, and alteration of University facilities with regard to Facilities Management operations. Ensures compliance with applicable Federal, State, and Local codes and WVU Policies. Acts as a Facilities Liaison with the WVU community. This position is critical to the success of WVU.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Set vision and develop departmental growth and objectives to deliver highly technical maintenance skills and timely services to exceed customer expectations. Provide leadership to the staff through continuous feedback as to effectiveness, performance, quality, and customer service levels.
Troubleshoot and audit complex control systems associated with distilling units, autoclave systems, heating and cooling systems, and steam distribution systems operation. These control systems are integrated with computerized building maintenance systems.
Analyze detailed reports and technical data related to plumbing systems, pressure and temperature diagnostic equipment, water analysis reports, project design documentation, and O&M manuals.
Operate the testing equipment as well as train others in its use. Utilize tools and appropriate techniques to assess and evaluate plumbing systems. Have knowledge of non-destructive testing techniques and interpretation of the results.
Develop, implement, train, and measure staff performance based upon department objectives and metrics. Train staff on proper safety procedures and observe workforce in the field to assure compliance. Manage staff through well-defined performance measures, shared objectives, performance ratings, and training opportunities. Assess employee skill levels and identify appropriate training for improvement. Develop, promote, and deliver on-going staff training on business initiatives such as policies and procedures, budget, FM strategic plans, skill, mission, vision, etc. Lead by example in all areas.
Develop and execute operating and personal budget in excess of $250,000.00. Develop and implement plans for repair and maintenance to include identification, prioritization, budget development, design and scheduling. Ensure that associated maintenance, repair, and alteration requests meet all applicable codes and deadlines.
Provide continuous improvement concepts and manage a complex Preventive Maintenance program to reduce break downs, repair costs and increase the reliability of the University's infrastructure. Develop and manage a Predictive Maintenance program to identify equipment deficiencies and repair needs prior to system failure.
Develop internal policies and procedures to address workflow, shutdown procedures, safety and quality control for department.
Direct staff, engineers, and project managers to evaluate chronic issues and to creatively seek alternatives. Seek new repair methods to extend equipment lifecycle to match replacement schedule or to extend equipment life. This position will be regarded as the in-house plumbing and welding expert.
Utilize Unifier (CMMS) to evaluate department efficiency, identify callback issues, repetitive problems, etc., and to evaluate metrics. Expand Unifier applications for preventative maintenance, cost tracking, manpower, materials, and compliance to priority codes and objectives.
Prepare drawings for manufacture of customized parts or to convey piping/design changes. Read and interpret complex equipment and building drawings. Will develop and initiate solutions for complex plumbing issues involving critical systems such as WVU's vast steam infrastructure and sewage system, gas lines, water distribution to include chilled and hot water loops. Other critical systems include but are not limited to deionized water systems, acid neutralization systems, distilled water systems, and grease treatment systems, which are all critical to the safety and progress of WVU.
Evaluate new technology and procedures to determine if they are applicable to WVU. Identify opportunities and implement actions to create energy, manpower and cost savings.
Improve departmental efficiencies through collaborative analysis, benchmarking, consistent interpretation, and application of work rules and practices.
Coordinate with suppliers, engineers, architects, customer, etc. to assure timely and cost-effective repairs and projects.
Prepare cost estimates and designs for repairs and projects; utilize MS means, personal knowledge, and other benchmark data.
Utilize Unifier (CMMS) data, staff input and condition assessments to assure deferred maintenance 10-year plan reflects condition of plumbing systems throughout campus.
Effectively and accurately communicate to staff, customers and administration all issues and concerns. This position will advise other managers and supervisors regarding plumbing, lagging, and welding work and safe practices.
Participate in various departmental and University-wide committee assignments. Act as liaison between various departments such as Design and Construction and Environmental Health and Safety.
Work with vendors and manufacturers to assure quality parts and products at competitive prices are used.
Benchmark other organizations to identify and implement "best practices", and continuous improvement or current processes.
Assure accurate job descriptions for all staff to ensure defined skill sets necessary to achieve quality results. Evaluate training and development needs to improve skill competencies. Utilize good performance management techniques to ensure accountability to PIQ requirements.
Bachelor's Degree in engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience.
4-6 years of experience in the following:
General knowledge of building maintenance with focus on plumbing, piping, steam distribution, complex control systems, welding, and integration of various infrastructure components and/or systems.
Working knowledge of various software programs that include al Microsoft Office, CMMS Systems, Building Automation, Time/Attendance.
Demonstrates knowledge of building systems, how they operate, and interactions between system variables and how they can affect operation.
Demonstrated ability to evaluate system variables, measure performance and design corrective action.
Strong logic and analytical skills, system focus/root cause.
Ability to function in highly stressful situations.
Broad knowledge of technology with the ability to integrate cutting edge technology into existing systems, i.e. non-destructive testing, pipe lining systems, integrated chemical injection systems.
Excellent communication skills, ability to work/converse in professional, technical language as well as in simple, everyday terminology.
Ability to read complex mechanical/electrical diagrams, advises on troubleshooting techniques, and create/alter sequence of operations.
Ability to troubleshoot and repair complex control systems and system safety equipment.
Self-motivated/ability to function with minimal supervision/direction and lead by example.
Ability to manage a cross functional work team comprised of skilled trades personnel to complete assignments, tasks and repairs on schedule and within budget.
Knowledge of plumbing, mechanical maintenance, and systems integration with respect to daily operations, preventive maintenance, repairs, alterations, and renovations.
Ability to work in extreme temperature environments.
Valid Driver's License.
Valid WV State Plumbing License (Journeyman level or higher) preferred.
Normal office environment.
Use of computer and office equipment.
Standing, lifting, bending, carrying over 50lbs., crawling, climbing, and awkward positions.
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/ .
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Nov 19, 2020
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 215743
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.